It's Time We Called Dublin Out For What It Really Is - A Ridiculously Overpriced City
The price gouging is offensive
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder and I do miss Dublin after moving to Manchester three months ago, but I've also gained massive perspective on the city since leaving.
One thing that stands out more than anything is the price of everything. Dublin is really really fucking expensive.
Now I know you are probably reading this thinking that it is hardly news given that you pay 55% of your wages go on rent and you witness the cost of living first hand, but things have really gotten out of hand lately.
When I come back I notice it now everywhere. The price of a bottle of water. Taxis. Lunch. Everything in this city is priced at a premium.
Sometimes the prices are so ludicrous and far fetched they make the eyes water. On one recent trip the cheapest hotel room I could find in the whole city was €180 for a grim one bedroom in Rathmines. I use "hotel" in the loosest sense of the word.
For a quick bite to eat, a takeaway chicken cashew nut dish with a bottle of water (€16.50) hardly helped with the mood. A trip to the gym in Portobello where the day pass cost €20 darkened the mood even further.
These sorts of prices are the norm rather than the exceptions now.
Of course you can still get value for money in Dublin and people will call me the bigger eejit for paying those sort of prices rather than shopping around, but for pure ease and speed that's not often possible.
When telling people in the UK where I've moved from their first reaction about Dublin is always the same sentence... "ah I've heard its very expensive".
Dublin is now New York/Copenhagen-Expensive. It's still a great city and the craic and experiences to be had here are second to none but when they leave you so much out of pocket you begin to question if it's really worth it.
The smart tourists have already headed off to cooler and more affordable cities. A can of beer isn't going to cost you €2.50 in most European cities like it does here. People cop onto that stuff pretty quickly.
The problem here is that we don't push back against high prices.
Its the "ah sure what good would complaining do" mentality. It's the same reason British executives of multi national companies call us "treasure island" because of the prices they can charge us compared to similar goods and services in England.
I don't see it improving or getting any better anytime soon. An influx of high paid workers post Brexit and bankers flooding the city isn't going to drive prices down.
Dublin has so much going for it but unless the shameless overcharging changes, it will suffer in the medium to long term. I'd argue it already is in terms of international perceptions.